Mary Ellen Fisher
- Born: 1 Jul 1868
- Marriage: (1): Robert Martin
- Marriage: (2): Thomas Witts
- Marriage: (3): Stephen Helps
MARY FISHER: (my gr-grandmother) Mary married Robert Martin at the Middle Swan Church of England on 22 September 1853, when she was 20 and Robert was 30. Robert must have been working on "Herne Hill", the property of WL Brockman, as that is where Robert and Mary recorded the birth of their first two children, Anne Elizabeth Rebecca in 1854 and Emily Mary Eliza in 1855. The next thing known of this family is their appearance in Mt. Pleasant, South Australia. As noted above, Mary's brother Samuel, and her parents had settled in Mt. Pleasant. The births of the next three children of Mary and Robert are recorded in Talunga which is in the Mt. Pleasant district: William Samuel was born in 1859, Amy Ellen, in 1863 and George Robert in 1865. On each birth certificate, Robert Martin is stated to be a labourer of Mt. Pleasant. Mary, Robert and the children must have moved to Adelaide at some time after 1865, as tragedy struck the family in Adelaide in 1869. Robert was working as a labourer for his brother in law, George Murray, when on Christmas Eve of 1869, as he was taking soil from the banks of the Torrens River, the bank collapsed, and buried him alive. Attempts to dig him out failed, and Mary was widowed when the youngest of the 5 children was 4 years old. It is thought from the press comments that Mary was probably expecting another child at the time. No live birth has been recorded. A public subscription was mounted as Mary was left with no means of support. Her difficulties must have been considerable for the next few years. Perhaps her family helped, as George Murray (husband of Marys sister, Eliza), of New Glenelg, was succeeding and had progressed from bricklayer to builder in a growing colony.
Mary married Robert Martin.
Mary also married Thomas Witts.
Mary also married Stephen Helps.